Consumer Services Associate

Consumer Services Associate

Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., started in 1978 in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, USA, founded by childhood friends and dedicated activists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. In 2000 Ben & Jerry's became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever whilst maintaining an independent Board of Directors to provide leadership focused on preserving and expanding Ben & Jerry's social mission, brand integrity, and product quality. Nowadays our products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues.

At Ben & Jerry's we have an inspiring ambition. We aim to pioneer our 'linked prosperity business model' to advance the global movement for social and economic justice while growing our sales to one billion € by 2020. Therefore, we are expanding rapidly in Europe as well as in new markets in Asia and Latin America. This translates into a high-paced growth environment where we bring our grassroots and activist spirit every day. That is how we remain a true values-led organization with a connected 3-part mission, which you will find reflected in your goals and aspirations:

Social mission: to initiate innovative ways to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally Product mission: to make and distribute the finest quality all natural and super premium ice-cream and euphoric concoctions Economic mission: to operate the Company on a sustainable financial basis of profitable growth

Role & Responsibilities - your purpose

SUMMARY:

The ideal candidate for this position will be a passionate ambassador of good will, an avid learner and curiosity seeker who is willing to grow in this position. We are the voice of Ben & Jerry's to most of our fans! We're looking for someone who will go above and beyond to provide outstanding customer service while keeping it fun and engaging for our fans and co-workers. This team member will monitor and manage consumer contacts received through our various contact channels including phone calls, emails, an occasional letter, and social media accounts. This person will provide timely, accurate, fun and informed responses to our consumers and stakeholders regarding products, new product launches, social mission initiatives, scoop shops, and company-sponsored campaigns. Responding to a wide array of questions and concerns, keeping current on product and company knowledge, managing an occasional challenging conversation, and keeping a pleasant and upbeat attitude throughout the day is what this team is known for. In addition, we encourage all team members to explore and become involved with cross functional teams which could be Marketing, R&D, Manufacturing, PR, Retail Operations, Social Mission, or others as a way to enhance future career opportunities within the company, learn several facets of our operations and initiatives, and to provide personal growth and development.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Include the following:
  • Engage with fans via emails, phone calls, and social media contacts relating to products, scoop shops, posts, and company campaigns with maturity and professionalism.
  • When necessary, research questions with co-workers and other departments to obtain answers for obscure questions, invent solutions, address the unusual to answer consumer concerns, requests and inquiries of all shapes and sizes.
  • Remain cool under pressure with maturity and professionalism if faced with a challenging fan
  • Demonstrate empathy and genuine caring in all interactions
  • Record consumer data for our consumer engagement database and consumer engagement systems.
  • Collect and examine all pertinent and relevant information in order to validate consumer claims and provide quick turnaround for claim resolution.
  • Follow through with consumers and co-workers on findings, adjustments, and recommendations for issue resolution.
  • Learn and utilize programs such as Salesforce, Excel, and PowerPoint, analyze data, and help identify trends, insights, and product issues in need of improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills & Experience

Given Ben & Jerry's unique position within Unilever, the ability to build excellent relationships within both Unilever and Ben & Jerry's will be essential. We are looking for people who can ultimately leverage the marketing excellence and operational effectiveness that is built by Unilever - while preserving the 3 part mission and community of connectivity within Ben & Jerry's. Having the right energy and attitude to connect both parts of our organization will be critical for success.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Communications or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience researching and responding to consumer issues.
  • Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Requires highly developed listening skills.
  • Requires excellent customer service skills.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Excel, Word and ability to easily learn contact management and reporting systems.
  • Able to work solo, collaboratively with the team, and across departments when necessary.


Our people profile

To support out 3-part mission, Ben & Jerry's also has an outspoken people-mission. We look for people with these characteristics to strengthen our team:
  • Purpose-driven: passion and drive to make a real impact with through our Social Mission
  • Empathy: curious to collaborate with a variety of personalities and styles and to build excellent relationships with internal & external stakeholders - this includes cross-functional relationships and striving for collaborative success
  • Mastery: continuously learn, grow and develop to contribute to B&Js
  • Autonomy: dare to make choices and take ownership
  • Activism: interested in bringing about political or social connectivity


What We Can Offer You

Culture for Growth | Top Notch Employee Health & Well Being Benefits | Every Voice Matters | Global Reach | Life at Unilever | Careers with Purpose | World Class Career Development Programs | Check Out Our Space | Focus On Sustainability

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Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law.For more information, please see Equal Employment Opportunity Posters

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

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